March 17, 2017, by Charlotte Anscombe

HRH The Duke of York visits The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham welcomed royalty to its University Park campus this week as HRH The Duke of York hosted an entrepreneurial boot camp and formally opened one of its landmark developments.

The Duke visited the East Midlands Conference Centre at the University on Wednesday 15 March where he met with entrepreneurs from across the UK as he hosted the Pitch@Palace ‘Boot Camp’.

Pitch@Palace is an initiative established by HRH The Duke of York to support entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas.

Entrepreneurs and Nottingham

The all-day Boot Camp gave 43 entrepreneurs the opportunity to hear from leading industry experts and Pitch@Palace alumni, as well as receiving support and mentoring on their own pitches and ideas.

All participants were given three minutes to pitch to a panel of judges, with 12 entrepreneurs chosen at the end of the day to pitch at the final, which will take place at St. James’s Palace on the 25 April.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sir David Greenaway was also in attendance at the boot camp, along with Sir John Peace and Professor Simon Mosey, Director of the Haydn Green Institute at the University.

Speaking about The University of Nottingham, HRH Prince Andrew said: “I am very grateful to The University of Nottingham for hosting Pitch@Palace Boot Camp.

“All universities, not least The University of Nottingham, encourage their students to think about being enterprising and entrepreneurial.

“There’re a lot of businesses that spin out of universities in one form or another and it’s important to engage with the business school here because there’s a huge store of knowledge and experience on offer.

“This event gives our entrepreneurs an opportunity to see what’s going on in Nottingham.”

George Green opening

Prince Andrew also took time out of his day to formally open one of the latest landmark buildings on University Park, the redeveloped George Green Library.

The £20.5m library fully incorporates the original George Green Library and offers study space, language labs and training rooms for Engineering and Science students.

The library was named after the mathematician George Green. George’s work has supported discoveries in disciplines which would have been unthinkable in his own lifetime and have since been used in areas such as nuclear physics, quantum electrodynamics and superconductivity.

Professor Sir David Greenaway said at the opening: “We hope that, like George Green, the building will continue to inspire future generations in their studies.”

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